2010 Rinaldi Barolo Brunate, Piedmont, Italy (750ml)

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Francesco Rinaldi & Figli (Sons) is one of the last true, authentic, old-school, “traditional” Barolo producers still making wine today. Giovanni Rinaldi founded the family winery in 1870 after he inherited a Barolo vineyard and bought the cellar where the historic cantina sits today, right next to the Cannubi vineyard just outside the town of Barolo. The Barolo the Rinaldis made as a single vineyard wine from their vines in the Brunante Cru was what really solidified their reputation as a leader in the region capable of crafting mind blowing, extraordinarily long-lived wines. When Giuseppe (or Beppe) took over making the wines from his father in 1992, he eliminated the 'Brunante' single vineyard bottling and added grapes from Le Coste and Cannubi San Lorenzo to their Brunante wine because he believed the best Barolos are blends from different sites. However, recently, the Barolo Consortium changed the rules and forced producers to only list one single vineyard on the label, even though they could add 15% of grapes from another vineyard. Thus, Rinaldi's single name, Brunante is back and better than ever (and includes grapes from Le Coste). This truly extraordinary 2010 Brunante received several very, very high scores - which we never reference - but suffice to say, this is a bottle any serious lover of Barolo or Italian wines must have.

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